the little sea maid


‘It seems we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are things we feel to be beautiful and good and we hunger after them’. - George Eliot

Fairy Tales from Hans Andersen.
With introduction by Edward Clodd
Illustrations by Gordon Browne.
London : Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., Ltd.
Fourth edition, August 1919.

“The Little Sea Maid ”

… No, he must no die ; so she swam about among the beams and planks that strewed the surface, quite forgetting that one of them might have crushed her. Diving down deep under the water, she again rose high up among the waves, and in this way she at last came to the Prince, who could scarcely swim longer in that stormy sea. His arms and legs began to fail him, his beautiful eyes closed, and he would have died had the little sea maid not come. She held his head up over the water, and then allowed the waves to carry her and him whither they listed.